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Request from Wirth Bros' Circus, 1912

On 26 November 1912 Internal Affairs received a request regarding a number of exotic animals. The Australian Wirth Brothers Circus was coming to New Zealand and needed a permit to land their performing animals: seven elephants, two buffalos, three lions, one tiger, two leopards, twelve bears, one wolf, one jackal, ten monkeys, one deer and one hippopotamus.


At the time, Wirth Bros’ was considered Australia’s most prestigious circus company. The original Wirth family, four musical brothers from Bavaria, arrived in Australia during the gold rush era and worked as musicians, including in travelling circuses, before forming their own circus in 1882.


The image above shows one page of a file regarding the Circus’ request. The whole file has been digitised and can be viewed online here:


Archives New Zealand reference: ACGO 8333 IA1 1234/[25] 1912/3767


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